July 15, 2008
Bollinger delivers tank barge to K-Sea
Bollinger Marine Fabricators, LLC, Amelia, La., a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. company, has delivered Bollinger hull No. 533, DBL 77, an ocean service double hull, oil tank barge built to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA '90), to K-Sea Transportation L.L.C.
The 80,000 bbl capacity DBL 77 measures 336-feet, 11-inches in length, has a 74-foot beam and a 25-foot depth. It is the first in a series of two near-sister vessels constructed for K-Sea at Bollinger's Amelia facility. The second tank barge in the series, DBL 76, is scheduled for delivery later this year.
The DBL 77 is equipped with two Volcanic 6,000 BTU Thermal Liquid Heaters and cargo heating coils as well as a vapor recovery system, enabling it to carry either clean or residual cargoes. DBL 77 will be coupled with an existing K-Sea tug, using the JAK 400 tug/barge push-pin coupler system.
President and CEO of K-Sea, Timothy J. Casey, said, "The DBL 77 is a state-of-the-art tank vessel built to the highest regulatory and performance standards and well suited to meet our customers' requirements. Our long-standing relationship with Bollinger has yielded another high-quality addition to the K-Sea fleet, on schedule and within budget. Our ability to meet the financial and operational targets in our new construction program is critical to our success, and I would like to thank the employees at K-Sea and Bollinger for their efforts."
"Bollinger facilities have built fifteen OPA'90 compliant tank barges for K-Sea, and we have built an additional twenty-nine (29) OPA'90 barges for the marine industry over the years," said Donald "Boysie" Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. "Our ability to meet the needs of our customers and the OPA'90 market is a tribute to our workforce, and we thank K-Sea for their continued support of our services."